Samy Badibanga is named Prime Minister


President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has named an opposition leader as his new prime minister in line with the Conakry Agreement drawn up in October. Samy Badibanga of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) a small left-wing political party which signed the agreement in October was appointed yesterday as prime minister. Badibanga replaces Augustin Matata Ponyo who resigned earlier this week.

The Conakry Agreement was not signed by the major opposition parties led by the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS).

Samy Badibanga (54) was educated at the Higher Institute of Human Sciences in Geneva, the High Diamond School of Antwerp (Hoge Raad voor Diamant) and the International Gemmological Institute of Antwerp. In 1986 he became managing director of SOCODAM SPRL and in 1995 was made managing director of SAMEX TRADING SPRL. In 2006 he founded the Federation of Explorers and Extractors (FEE) in Congo-Kinshasa to promote good governance in the management of natural resources. He was first elected to parliament in 2011.

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